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APSU Beach Volleyball begins season at New Orleans Invitational

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APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University beach volleyball team kicks off their sophomore season with a five-day southern state road swing.

The Governors will make the trek down to Covington, LA to compete in the New Orleans Invitational, with matches against New Orleans, Louisiana-Monroe, Houston Baptist, and fellow Ohio Valley Conference member, Jacksonville State. 

Austin Peay Beach Volleyball starts it's second season at New Orleans Invitational. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Beach Volleyball starts it’s second season at New Orleans Invitational. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors will take to the court for the first time 1:00pm, Friday, against the hosts, New Orleans.

After the New Orleans Invitational, the Govs will visit Spring Hill, AL for a faceoff with the Badgers. The Governors have previously faced Spring Hill when the Badgers played Austin Peay at last year’s inaugural APSU Beach Bash. 

The Governors will round out their opening road trip at Georgia State, for the GSU Day of Duals, where Austin Peay will match up against the Panthers and Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington. The Govs are familiar with both squads, as Austin Peay made the trip to Atlanta last season in just their second tournament as a varsity club. 

Austin Peay returns five players from its inaugural season, sophomores Jenna Panning and Ginny Gerig, juniors Kaylee Taff and Cecily Gable, and senior Ashley Slay, while adding a host of freshman, Claire Darland, Brooke Moore, Chloe Stitt, Haley Turner, Cori Theiss, Nina Korfhage and Caroline Waite.

The Govs have a new home on Austin Peay’s campus this year, with a new three-court beach volleyball facility located on the Winfield Dunn Center’s front lawn. Austin Peay’s first home event will be April 4th, against conference rivals UT Martin.

Preview the Pairings

Gerig and Gable
Sophomore Ginny Gerig and junior Cecily Gable know what it takes to win, as both athletes pulled out three-set victories last season. Gerig was the only Gov to play every match at the number one pairing in Austin Peay’s first beach season.

Moore and Waite
Freshmen Brooke Moore and Caroline Waite will kick start their first beach volleyball season together. The talented duo are sure to bring excitement to Austin Peay’s second collegiate beach volleyball season. 

Slay and Stitt
Veteran experience and freshman tenacity combine for this pair, as senior Ashley Slay suits up for one final season at Austin Peay with freshman Chloe Stitt prepped and ready for her first season as a Gov.

Korfhage and Darland
This Kentucky duo is set to bring energy and fight to the Governors’ beach season, with both Louisville native, Nina Korfhage, and Lexington native, Claire Darland, set for their Austin Peay beach volleyball debuts.

Taff and Thiess
Junior Kaylee Taff and freshman Cori Theiss are primed for their first appearance as a pair in New Orleans. Taff returns to the beach courts after strong opening season in 2017, winning back-to-back matches against UT Martin, April 12th and 19th.

Panning and Turner
Sophomore Jenna Panning teams up with Haley Turner, a freshman talent hailing from Flagstaff, AR. Panning returns to the court for her second year after posting a .500 record in the number three pairing last season.

The Governors’ Forecast

Date Opponent Time
March 2nd New Orleans (New Orleans Invitational) 1:00pm
March 2nd Louisiana-Monroe (New Orleans Invitational) 5:00pm
March 3rd Jacksonville State (New Orleans Invitational) 11:00am
March 3rd Houston Baptist (New Orleans Invitational) 1:00pm
March 4th Spring Hill 2:00pm
March 6th UNC Wilmington (GSU Day of Duals) 9:30am
March 6th Georgia State (GSU Day of Duals) 2:00pm

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